There are so many things that are going on concurrently, simultaneously and instantly. Oft times lately, it feels that we are in the eye of the storm, waiting for it to pass before we do something or anything for that matter. However, it is there, where we need to be doing something. That something does not consist of attempting to alter the course of the storm, but to Grow through the storm by embracing what it is offering, whether or not its initial solicitation was ever requested. What we have before us is a unique opportunity to do what we have never done before, become who we have never been before and go where we have never gone before. It is in the storms of "Life" where we find the true makeup of our character, our internal resolve, our creative brilliance, our innate strength (through Jesus Christ), our method of speech, our enhanced vocabulary, our sense of determination, our unspeakable level of motivation, our inherent sense of who and what we really are. Most importantly, in the eye of the storm, we come to the realization of Whose we really are.
If we are to truly embrace these newly discovered attributes about ourselves, we must first embrace the storms that clear the path in order to reveal them to us. We have to make a way in order to see that there is always a way. There is always a path that we have yet to travel upon. Our perspective demands an upgrade when the operating system of our thoughts become outdated, antiquated and just plain old obsolete.
That perceived comfort zone was a fallacy unto everyone, especially yourself. Uncover your attributes while in the storms of Life. Discover a new path and dare to walk it. Be bold enough to immerse yourself in something that you know nothing about. Trust yourself to trust the process and digress no more as you continue to open up new doors. Walk through them with confidence. Experience them as if you've been there before. Love every second of every minute of every hour of every day of every month of every year of every decade of every Life...that is renewed while in the storms of "Life."
In Jesus Name!
Heavenly Father. King Jesus. Holy Spirit. Smile. Love. Always. And Still. Exactly Who God Says I Am. Corey A. Ford
I do not pass judgment on another person. The fact of the matter is that we all fall short of the Glory of God. We all fall short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23).
With that said, it is rather troublesome that people that claim to know the Word of God, use their personal platforms to spew and pass judgement against someone as if they are not part of the "all," that falls short of the Glory of God.
Hence my two points:
"Do not judge, or you too will be judged." (Matthew 7:1 NIV)
"For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
(Matthew 7:2 NIV)
When Jesus walked the face of the earth as a man, each and every person was greater than less than in His magnificent presence. However, through an impeccable sense of humility and the need to fulfill the will of His Heavenly Father, He came to serve man. In doing so, He did so with Love, Compassion, Love, Forgiveness, Love, Healing, Love, Reconciliation, Love, Restoration, Love, Excellence, Love, Peace, Love, Truth, Love, Hope, Love, Faith, Love, Courage, Love, Character, Love, Selflessness, Love, Joy, Love, Teaching, Love, Sacrifice, Love….He accomplished everything in Love.
The Man who knew no sin, dwelt amongst the "all," that fall short of the Glory of God. With no personal agenda outside of the Will of God, His obedience, even to death, is why we are able to be reconciled unto our Heavenly Father.
In the book of John Chapter 4, Jesus intentionally traveled through Samaria. He already knew that He would happen upon the woman at the well. The same woman that was married 5 times and with yet another man that was not her husband. By societal standards she was considered less than as a Samaritan since Jews did not associate with her kind. However, Jesus knowingly encountered her and began to speak of her life, and speaking Life into her, without passing judgement. He encouraged her to drink of the "living water," so that she may never thirst again. She was the first person that Jesus revealed Himself to as the Messiah, this less than woman. He went on to stay with the people in the town of Sychar for two days. Through His Loving kindness, the town became believers in Him as the Savior of the world.
The talk of intolerance as it relates to sin is a form of judgment that we (all falling short of the Glory of God), are not entitled to. We are not to pass judgment against anyone for anything, lest we too be judged by the same measure in which we have passed judgment. Your sin is not less than because you deem it be so. Your sin is not less than because it is held privately. Your sin is sin, irrespective of the illogical justification that you encase your sin in.
The Bible is not ambiguous with what it outlines as sin. However, "Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us." (Romans 8:34 NIV)
God charges us to Love one another.
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another."
John 13:34 NIV
"My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you."
John 15:12 NIV
"This is my command: Love each other."
John 15:17 NIV
"The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith."
1 Timothy 1:5 NIV
Each of these verses have peripheral scriptures that provide greater context as it relates to the Word of God. Irrespective of what we claim to know, the Word of God does not encourage, suggest or instruct us to judge one another. It actually advises us to be the antithesis of passing judgement.
Passing judgement publicly does not exonerate you from receiving judgement privately. The things that we say and/or do that no one knows about do not fall upon the deaf ears or the blind eyes of an omnipotent God.
Lastly, stop consuming what you have allowed others to chew for you. Chew what you consume and stop with the vicarious existence as it relates to the Word of God. "Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him." (Psalm 34:8 NIV)
If the One who knew no sin, greater than everything, can speak Life into the woman at the well, then surely, we can live out the example of His Love and make an amazingly exponential difference within the world. Through Love and Love alone, we can accomplish many great things without the need to pass judgment. Just Love and allow the Love within you to speak of the goodness of the Lord, minus the personal agendas that have nothing to do with the Word of God. Through Love, we can change things the same way that Jesus did with the woman at the well, by speaking Life about His "living water," and not our personal opinions and doctrines as if we are Him, especially since we "all" fall short of the Glory of God.